Effective February 1, 2011, Catholic Community Foundation is the new name for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation.
Since its inception in 2000 the Foundation has raised over $190 million to offer social services to our neighbors in need and support a number of diocesan priorities, including priestly formation and Catholic education tuition assistance.
We begin our second decade of service to the Northeast Ohio community with a new name, a new logo, and a new website, all conceived and designed to raise greater awareness of the mission of the Catholic Church throughout all eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland.
In 2009, a committee of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors began discussions regarding the need to more clearly communicate the mission of the CDCF to support the spiritual, educational and charitable ministries of the Diocese of Cleveland throughout Northeast Ohio. The Foundation board engaged the participation of two marketing/public relations agencies to assist with the task. Each interviewed key donors, diocesan employees, and other civic leaders with ties to the Foundation to learn more about their perceptions of the CDCF. Both agencies recommended a name change for the Foundation that would more effectively communicate the purpose of the organization.
The name Catholic Community Foundation communicates a welcoming, compassionate, faith-based organization. Removing “Cleveland” from the Foundation name also allows for more geographic inclusiveness and recognizes that our diocese is more than Cleveland and Cuyahoga county. Those we serve include people who live in Ashland, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.
Additionally, the Foundation enlisted the help of one of the agencies to assist with building awareness of the CDCF (now CCF) and help us communicate the important message about the mission of the Diocese and how the Foundation helps fund key ministries.
The three primary ministries supported through the fundraising of the Foundation are: Catholic Worship & Formation, Catholic Education, and Catholic Charities.